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November 30, 2009 12:33 PM

Grady in the buff: Sizemore shows it all off


"Grady's ladies" got to see more of the popular Indians outfielder than they could have imagined. He has revealed all of himself, so no reason for "Playgirl" to court Grady Sizemore to show for money what's free for everybody to see. 

But I have a question for Sizemore, a pro athlete I have written about and admired since he broke into the big leagues: What the hell were you thinking, dude?

I won't link to the photos of Sizemore in the buff here; it doesn't take much energy to track those photos down. Once you do, you'll see Sizemore's primping in front of a mirror and taking photos of his body with a small camera.

He looks like a man pleased with the gifts God endowed him with. He's muscular and handsome and stylish in a cover boy's way -- the kind of man that women do tend to swoon over.

They never counted, however, on seeing so much of him. Nor did anybody else who's followed his career in baseball. For one thing Sizemore has proved to be is an athlete not clamoring for publicity. He's honest and open, although he can, at times, speak with a reticence that can be off-putting. 

Sizemore always comes across as bright and thoughtful. His work ethic is that of a blue-color player, which is why his profile in a blue-collar town like Cleveland is as high as it is. He's a star in a city starved for stars not named LeBron James and Shaquille O'Neal.

Sizemore has never chased that sort of stardom. Then again, maybe as a baseball player, he can't hope to become what LeBron or Shaq is as a global personality. That's all right, because Sizemore's imprint on the city is also deep into its topsoil. 

Yet for all that he is, for all that he's accomplished, for all the centrist values he has brought here from his native Seattle, Sizemore had to know that taking X-rated photographs like these and leaving them in someone else's hands isn't a smart thing. Photos like these tend to have a shelf-life longer than Spam.

And these jumped out of the cupboard and onto the Internet much to Sizemore's chagrin and to the delight of some of his adoring "ladies." He isn't pleased by any of it. 

Reports about how Sizemore's nude photographs got into the online world are as hard to understand as the explanation of a balk for someone who has never seen a Major League game. He's exploring a legal action, one report claims. But what will a lawsuit do to take photos of him holding tightly to his male's package out of circulation?


They will live on long after his lawsuit is settled. 

None of this is funny -- not really. Privacy ought to be an American's right, as fundamental as his right to vote or his right to worship. But is this less about privacy and more about stupidity?

Sizemore isn't taking the matter lightly. Neither are the Indians, who don't need this kind of public headache.

"We fully support Grady as he deals with this personal matter," team officials said in a statement Monday.  "The posted photos were stolen from his girlfriend's email account and a legal investigation is under way."


It's nice that his employer supports him, but its support alone won't be enough to keep Sizemore's muscular body from oogling eyes for as long as he lives.  

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